Charles Chamblis, photographer

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Charles Chamblis, photographer

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 28, 2019

We are featuring African-American photographers during this last week of Black History Month. 

Charles Chamblis was a photographer working in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He photographed events throughout the African-American community, including families, nightlife, musicians, fashion models, weddings, and landscape views, mainly in Minneapolis. The MNHS Press recently published a collection of his work called "Sights, Sounds, Soul: the Twin Cities through the Lens of Charles Chamblis." The Library also holds many examples of his work.
This image is of a modeling fashion show, circa 1980 - 1985.